March 26, 2020
By: Dwayne Page
This week’s “Meals for Kids” drive through distribution by local churches in cooperation with the DeKalb County School System was a huge success and it will resume next week.
However due to the high volume of participants during the first food distribution Monday, March 23 there will be a change in the location of the Smithville pick up. “We will be moving from the Smithville First Baptist Church Life Enrichment Center to the campus of DeKalb Middle and DeKalb County High School. Food pick up will remain between the hours of 10:30 am-12:00 p.m. at all locations on Monday and Thursday. Food distribution will continue at DeKalb West School,” said Director of Schools Patrick Cripps.
Beginning Monday, March 30 and until school goes back in session, the school system will be taking on the food distribution at the DeKalb Middle School and DCHS and at DeKalb West School on Mondays and Thursdays with continued support from churches.
“We will be preparing meals on Mondays for a three day supply and a two day supply on Thursdays,” said Director Cripps.
“We will have volunteers distributing the food. As you pull up to the buildings we will hand out food for the numbers of students age 18 and younger who are in the car,” he said.
“Students being served must be inside the vehicles driving through the pickup line according to state and federal guidelines. Meals will be served in a “Drive Through” style. Please stay in your car and follow traffic directions at each site. Meals must be taken home and should be refrigerated until served. Please let us know if your child is part of the Back Pack Program because if so the child will also receive those food supplies on Thursdays. Free meals will be made available each week until at least April 24th,” added Director Cripps.